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Jan 5, 2020 at 4.01pm UK at Anfield
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Result: Curtis Jones hits stunner as Liverpool edge past Everton

Curtis Jones scores his first goal for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp's side beat Everton 1-0 in the third round of the FA Cup.

Curtis Jones scored his first goal for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp's side booked their spot in the fourth round of the FA Cup courtesy of a 1-0 win over Merseyside rivals Everton at Anfield.

The 18-year-old picked out the top corner from distance in the 71st minute as a much-changed Reds side managed to secure their sixth straight victory in all competitions.

Liverpool's Curtis Jones scores against Everton in the FA Cup on January 5, 2020© Reuters

Only Joe Gomez and James Milner kept their spots in the Liverpool XI from the clash with Sheffield United, while there was a debut for recent arrival Takumi Minamino as Klopp rung the changes.

Carlo Ancelotti, though, made just two alterations from the side that started against Manchester City on New Year's Day, with Theo Walcott and Morgan Schneiderlin coming into the side.

Everton had the first chance of the match in the sixth minute when the ball fell for Dominic Calvert-Lewin inside the home side's box, but Adrian was on hand to make an excellent save.

Milner limped off the field moments later after picking up an issue in a challenge with Walcott, with Yasser Larouci introduced for his debut as Liverpool's side became even more inexperienced.

Liverpool's Joe Gomez in action with Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the FA Cup on January 5, 2020© Reuters

Everton had another chance in the 12th minute when Gylfi Sigurdsson picked out the head of Mason Holgate from a deep free kick, but the defender sent his effort straight into the arms of Adrian.

Adam Lallana then sent a long-range effort over the crossbar in the 20th minute during a period where Liverpool were starting to enjoy more of the ball in Everton's half of the field.

Neco Williams was next to try his luck for Klopp's side as he had an effort deflected wide in the 26th minute, before Adrian did excellently once again to keep out a strike from Richarlison down the other end.

The visitors had another half-chance just past the 30-minute mark when Walcott delivered a dangerous cross towards Calvert-Lewin, but the in-form attacker could not make proper contact on the stretch.

Liverpool's Pedro Chirivella in action with Everton's Theo Walcott in the FA Cup on January 5, 2020© Reuters

Jones then struck wide of the Everton goal in the 33rd minute before Minamino headed a Divock Origi cross just wide of the far post moments later after finding space inside the penalty box.

Calvert-Lewin fired wide of the Liverpool post late in the half with Ancelotti's side searching for the opener, but the standout moment in the first 45 minutes occurred moments later when Jordan Pickford got down to keep out a strike from Origi which looked to be heading for the bottom corner.

Schneiderlin had the first half-chance of the second period after a smart piece of work from Djibril Sidibe, but the midfielder could only curl over the crossbar from distance.

Liverpool's first opportunity after the restart fell to Williams, with the teenager testing the reactions of Pickford from distance during a spell where the home side were on the front foot.

Liverpool's Takumi Minamino in action with Everton's Lucas Digne in the FA Cup on January 5, 2020© Reuters

Indeed, the European Cup holders were the team forcing the issue as the game passed the hour, although there was still no sign of the opening goal in the latest instalment of the Merseyside derby.

Ancelotti made a double change in the 63rd minute with Fabian Delph and Moise Kean entering the field for Sigurdsson and Seamus Coleman.

Not too much changed in the immediate aftermath, though, with Liverpool still looking the more likely to make the breakthrough as the contest headed for its final 20 minutes.

Pickford had to keep out a long-range strike from Origi in the 70th minute before Minamino's debut came to an end as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain entered the field.

Liverpool's Takumi Minamino in action against Everton in the FA Cup on January 5, 2020© Reuters

The home side finally made the breakthrough in the 71st minute when Jones picked out the far corner with a wonderful effort from distance, sparking huge celebrations inside the stadium.

Pickford then had to keep out a low strike from Oxlade-Chamberlain with Liverpool threatening a second. Everton needed a response, but the visitors were finding it increasingly difficult to harm their rivals, who were comfortable heading into the final five minutes of action.

The Toffees were given three additional minutes at the end of the 90 to force a replay but in the end it was comfortable for Klopp's team, who eased their way into the fourth round of the famous competition.

Liverpool are back in Premier League action away to Jose Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, while Everton will host Brighton & Hove Albion on the same afternoon.

LIVERPOOL (4-2-3-1): Adrian; Milner (Larouci 9'), Phillips, Gomez, Williams; Lallana, Chirivella; Jones, Minamino (Oxlade-Chamberlain 70'), Elliott (Brewster 79'); Origi

EVERTON (3-4-3): Pickford; Coleman (Kean 63'), Holgate, Mina, Digne; Sidibe, Sigurdsson (Delph 63'), Schneiderlin, Walcott (Bernard 79'); Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin

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